In­flam­ma­tions part of body’s heal­ing sys­tem

Havelock North Village Press - - News - BY JOHN ARTS

Is your body hot, cold or luke­warm?

I am­not talk­ing about your ac­tual body tem­per­a­ture but the de­gree to which un­wanted in­flam­ma­tion is af­fect­ing your body. Some in­flam­ma­tion we can feel and see.

There is also silent in­flam­ma­tion that has no symp­toms but can cause dis­ease.

In­flam­ma­tion is ac­tu­ally an amaz­ing part of our body’s heal­ing sys­tems.

It is an es­sen­tial part of how we fight in­fec­tions and heal against dam­age caused by in­juries. It is al­ways as­so­ci­ated with fight­ing in­fec­tion.

With­out in­flam­ma­tion our first in­fec­tion or in­jury would have prob­a­bly ended our lives.

The signs of in­flam­ma­tion are heat, swelling, red­ness and pain in­clud­ing loss of func­tion. In­flam­ma­tion is a process where our im­mune (white blood) cells pro­duce awide range of chem­i­cals that co-or­di­nate the process of re­mov­ing the cause of the prob­lem and then to clean up the mess to com­plete the heal­ing process.

These pro­cesses are in­cred­i­bly com­plex and in­volve a wide range of cell types and a va­ri­ety of mes­sen­ger com­pounds. Ac­tu­ally many in­flam­ma­tory prob­lems are caused by over­ac­tive mes­sen­gers trig­ger­ing un­wanted in­flam­ma­tion. The in­flam­ma­tory process is like your kitchen tap.

When work­ing well you get cold wa­ter when you turn the cold tap and hot wa­ter when the hot is on. Un­wanted in­flam­ma­tion is like turn­ing the cold tap and get­ting warm or even hot wa­ter in­stead.

Acom­mon cause of un­wanted in­flam­ma­tion is when our body tries to re­pair a prob­lem that it can­not ac­tu­ally fix. This is typ­i­cal of os­teoarthri­tis. The prob­lem is caused by car­ti­lage ero­sion.

But most of the pain is caused by im­mune cells in­flam­ing joint tis­sue in an at­tempt to re­pair it. All this does is cause un­nec­es­sary pain, swelling and loss of func­tion.

If you are af­fected by arthri­tis or any in­flam­ma­tion I rec­om­mend fol­low­ing an anti-in­flam­ma­tory diet with sup­ple­ments that can help re­duce un­wanted in­flam­ma­tion. Feel free to con­tact me if you have ques­tions.

John Arts (B Soc Sci, Dip Tch, Adv Dip Nut Med) is a nu­tri­tional medicine prac­ti­tioner and founder of Abun­dant Health Ltd. For per­son­alised ad­vice, con­tact John on 0800 423559 or email [email protected]­dant.co.nz. Join his full weekly news­let­ter at www.abun­dant.co.nz.

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